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Well, maybe others feel like me and are reluctant to post a recording after Sarge has set the bar so high, but someone has to be brave. Today, that person is myself...
I started practicing Turkey in the Straw a couple of months ago (up to a minute a day, no less ), and bits of this tune kept coming up inadvertently (didn't know what it was called at that time).
So I thought - why not try a mash up medley of my own? I decided to call it 'Reel Chicken in the Straw'.
Usual disclaimers apply; I haven't had much time to practice or record better takes, but I figure getting a rough and ready contribution in is better than no contribution at all. I think this has potential to be a pretty funky version.
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Fantastic work, Sarge. I'm playing catchup on the forum after an unfortunate hiatus and was late in seeing your entry here.
i remember hearing this tune first on old cartoons I watched as a child, however I never knew what it was called. Good stuff.
I have come to realize that as well, many years ago I ordered two promaster from Brendan Power in G and D with a book with tunes for the paddy tuning, but sadly I have lost them both. Last christmas I got a paddified Seydel Session in D from my girlfriend, but I quickly came to realize that one in G would have been better. I have seen easttop selling them so I am considering getting another G from them in the future.
The sampler looks like tons of fun! Unfortunately it's way out of my bugdet!
I will make sure to check out your contributions over there! Is your ukes tuned in different intervalls between the strings or at higher/lower variations of the same tuning?
"Anne Knutsdottir . It means Anne , daughter of Knut . The song· is about a girl· who lives of the grid , so to say· . Far up the mountain , where it's so difficult to live· that the area· has been given many names , one of them which is Starve-to-death . The verses go· on describing her familly and their life· on their farm without any moral or deeper meaning ."
Thanks for this tune Whiskat : I enjoyed that. Very well played.
Hey, maybe you can help me with something Tootler? I am forever searching for cool jigs to play on the harmonica. Do you know of any? Especially ones I can use the G harmonica to play which doesn't utilize the 6th (E) degree of the scale in the bottom octave. If the tune can be played on a D harmonica, it's alright because I have a paddified D harp.
At the moment I am working on Carraroe, Martin Hayes has a beautiful rendition of it on on the "Live from Seattle" album on Spotify. It has some difficult jumps which makes it a challenge
It sounds very good! Did you have a nice holiday? Looks like good weather!
The fast one! Great track!
Dexer: Nice song! I suppose home is where you hang your hat, some people hang it by the entrance door, others hang it in some distance place. It seems to me culture is something we can't escape, it defines us to some degree, but still we can choose to identify ourselves with history and tales from our ancestors. I guess it's a paradox between what made us who we are and what put us where we are. Myself I often feel rootless and I have travelled quite a bit, but whenever I return to the valley of my childhood I get that familiar feeling of being home, around each turn there is an assosiaction and a memory reminding me who I am.
Toots: Are you a member of the Uke' undergound? I have been lurking there on and off for a while, my username is "sun". What is yours? I like your songs, there is something about hornpipes that suits me very well, the slow rocking rhythm expressed through beautiful melodies. What a great musical heritance you have got in the british isles! How are you recording your uke and harp together? I would like to try that out to! What kind of uke are you playing? I have a washburn, great sound! The best uke I have had.
Andy: Fairport convention is one of the bands that got me into folk rock, what a great bunch of musicians! I think they are one of the oldest, still playing band in the world? I remember they did a concert in Bergen a few years ago when I lived there. Do you know if they are still playing? Good job one the song! Have you tried playing with a metronome? I have found that on songs that are repetive on their own can really get a new life if you have a beat to work around.
Nice work, Andy. Bet that was a nice vacation!
These are so fun to hear! Really enjoyable, Dexer, Tootler, and Andy.
Well, here's a tune that dates from the early 17th century, at least as early as 1613 if Wikipedia is to be believed. One of my favourites, though isolated on the harp it gets a bit repetitive. It's an old folk tune, Matty Groves, but I could only work it in a blues style.
Here's Fairport Convention's version, which was my first introduction to the tune.
I live in the North East of England not far from where my Father was born though it was quite a journey that brought me here. I was actually born in Aberdeen which is where my mother was from. My parents met during WWII.
The folk music I play is very much influenced by the Northumbrian tradition whose centre is a little further north of here. Here are two Northumbrian tunes. The first "Till the Tide Comes In" is a Northumbrian pipe air and the second "Steamboat" is a hornpipe composed by James Hill, a fiddler and publican who lived most of his adult life in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne. Both tunes date from sometime in the 19th century.
I actually made this video for the Ukulele Underground forum, hence the titles but it fits here too.
Excellent stuff Sarge, Marcy & Dexer. An interesting variety of tunes.